Sunday 14th February (1st Sunday in Lent)

– by David Hill

“With what should I enter the Lord’s presence? … He has told you, O man, what is good and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.” – Micah 6:6-8

What does it mean to love God? Does He look at how many hours you spend reading your Bible, at church meetings, praying? Or maybe it’s how much you give, how high you raise your hands in worship? Micah kills these notions. What matters to God is that you are “faithful” (v. 8) – He wants your heart. He also wants “justice” (v. 8), another word for how others are treated. Jesus said that every commandment is summed up by just two of them: Love God (faithfulness) and love your neighbour (justice) (Mark 12:28-34). Not one or the other, both. Jesus says elsewhere that when we care for others we care for him (Matt 25:35-40). Loving others is, in part, how we love God. As Paul said, everything else you do “for God” is just a clanging cymbal (1 Cor 13).

Challenge yourself this Lent: what are you doing to love the people around you – your neighbours, your colleagues, your enemies? Because loving others is how we love God.

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